Superintendent Ginger Bolinger released a letter on Friday to the parents of
students on the subject of school safety.
In that letter
Bolinger indicates that the administrators and staff will take no official
position on students’ plans to hold one or more walk-outs over the next
month to protest current gun laws as well as to remember the victims of the
massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb.
announces in that letter that grade-appropriate school safety activities
will be held in the Duneland Schools beginning on April 16.
The text of
“The tragedy in
Broward County recently and other losses of life on school campuses across
the nation over several years have driven increased interest in student-led
civic engagement efforts and actions, including the idea of school walkouts.
Duneland School Corporation supports students’ Constitutional rights to
peaceful assembly and free expression. Our goal in responding to walkout
plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to try and keep focus on
teaching and learning while providing guidance and planning to support
student and staff safety.
“Based on social
media messaging, it appears that there are at least three major student-led
March 14: Call for
school walkout for 10 minutes, @WomensMarch Action
March 24: March for
Our Lives in Washington, D.C., @AMarch4OurLives
April 20: National
School Walkout for students across nation in local districts, @schoolwalkoutUS
“The mission of our
school corporation is to provide a quality education and develop lifelong
learners who demonstrate responsibility, contribute to their community, and
succeed in a changing world. School personnel will remain protest neutral in
the planned walkouts and other civic movements. We will rely on our student
handbook, school board policy, and legal precedent to maintain a safe and
orderly environment in our schools.
“In order to
continually emphasize our safety procedures and honor our commitment to
student safety, we have planned a school safety week. Beginning on April 16,
activities developmentally appropriate for grade levels will be conducted
during the school day by school personnel. Such activities may include the
and School Resource Officers presenting in a town-hall format.
* Scheduling a
safety drill each day of the week: Tornado, Fire, Lockdown, Lockout, etc.
* Viewing the One
County One Protocol video (middle and high school only).
* Scheduling a
presentation by local and county law enforcement.
morning announcements in all classrooms with different safety topics.
“We have excellent
students, who are instructed by exceptional faculty members, and supported
by outstanding staff members and administrators. We are thankful for our
parental and community support. So that all students and employees may
remain safe while on school grounds, please assist our school corporation by
discussing the information contained in this document with your child.”